How to Quit Caffeine
How to Quit Caffeine.
Part 1: Preparing to Stop.
Get mentally ready. Do you love the taste of your caffeinated drink and the jolt of energy it can give you? Most people drink caffeine for one or both of those reasons, but too much caffeine can do serious damage to your system. If you’re constantly sipping on your caffeinated drink of choice, it’s probably time to slow down and help your body return to a more normal state. Up to 400 mg a day is ok, but any more is too much. The most you can safely drink (but probably shouldn’t) is about equal to 4 cups of coffee, or 10 cans of soda.
Think of the benefits. If you are drinking more than 3 caffeinated drinks per day, your health might be affected. In moderate doses caffeine is healthy, but larger amounts can cause serious problems. Some of the reasons to quit caffeine are:
Increasing hypertension risks.
keeps the liver busy from filtering other toxins.
a cycle of hyperactivity and/or inability to focus, followed by a subsequent “crash”.
disrupted sleep habits.
may interfere with weight loss and has been linked to hypoglycemia.
financial costs to support caffeine purchases.
caffeine dehydrates your body and can make you gain weight.
a desire for a healthier pregnancy.
decreased libido or sexual performance.
Choose a replacement beverage. If caffeinated drinks are an essential part of your day, you might need a replacement. Drink more water — it is the healthiest and best choice. Switch things up with green tea or sparkling water, but steer clear of sodas, many of which are caffeinated.
Part 2: Quitting Slowly.
Start phasing out caffeine. It’s best to start small when quitting caffeine. Begin by cutting out one caffeinated drink per day. Do this for a week. If you’re missing the ritual of a morning coffee or soda, think about replacing your caffeinated beverage with its decaffeinated counterpart. Then cut out a second caffeinated beverage per day and do it for a week. Continue this pattern until you have stopped drinking all caffeine.
Make it hard to drink caffeine. Allocate your caffeine money in the beginning of the week, so that if you over-consume it in the beginning of the week, you will have nothing to fall back onto in the end of the week. If you allocate less and less caffeine money as you go on, you will gradually reduce your intake.
Allow lots of time for rest and recuperation. Set aside one day – possibly a Sunday – when you are not on the go for a detox day. Make sure on the day you have chosen to detox you have no pressing commitments or tasks. Keep your calendar empty for at least the first three weeks after giving up caffeine. Give your body plenty of rest, and include a healthy intake of fresh fruits, vegetables, and multi-vitamins to include energy B-Vitamins which produce a similar effect of focus you would otherwise gain from caffeinated products.
Drink water. Regular intake of water will help your internal organs to detox and will keep your body steadily hydrated. Caffeine is a diuretic which can cause people to lose fluid. The effects are mild for people who consume caffeine in moderation but for those that are addicted or for those that drink mostly energy drinks, the effects can be much worse. Too much caffeine along with not enough water intake can easily lead to dehydration which causes numerous health issues. Try for eight 8 oz glasses of water per day.
Don’t go at it alone. Find someone to quit with you. If you can’t find that kind of support, promise to someone whom you love and respect that you will quit caffeine. Thus, consuming caffeine in any form will make you break your promise, and this will provide you with another incentive to stay on the wagon.
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How to Quit Caffeine